NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – When he was first approached to head up the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), Makoto Suematsu was not interested. 

For years, an agency in Japan that would be the equivalent of the US National Institutes of Health had been proposed only to eventually evaporate into the mist. Besides, as Dean of the Keio University School of Medicine, Suematsu enjoyed the research aspect of his career and he was not looking to become a government bureaucrat. 

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